GIS – 28 October 2013: A two-day workshop on the Political Empowerment of Women targeting representatives of women’s associations across the country kicked off this morning at the National Women Development Centre, Phoenix.
The capacity-building programme, organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare in collaboration with the National Women Council, aims at equipping women with the right tools and techniques to support their participation during the electoral cycle.
The workshop is part of Government’s endeavour to train at least 300 women in politics by the end of 2013. Women’s participation is deemed essential, not only to promote gender equality and women’s rights but also to achieve inclusive and sustainable development as women can take an active part in and influence the decision-making processes in determining the future of the family, community and society as a whole. Topics discussed during the capacity-building programme comprise campaign planning and development of campaign materials, developing public speaking skills and electoral laws, among others. Since July 2012, more than 250 participants have been trained.
It is to be recalled that Government has already initiated several measures to provide equal opportunities and greater participation and representation of women in politics namely the adoption of legislations such as the Equal Opportunities Act and the New Local Government Act. The outcome has been Mauritius improving its ranks from 14th to 6th among the SADC countries regarding women representation in the Parliament.
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